My Top Tens: 2010s

My top ten films for each year of the 2010s. These are always up for revision as I watch more films, revisit ones I’ve seen before, and think about them over time. The films as listed in the “This Year’s Favorites” section are held fast at the end of the year (and include a listing of all films I saw that year as well as films released that year).

Oh, and I don’t really believe in top “ten” lists, despite using the common nomenclature for the title of this page. This is going to be the top several films of each year, down to whatever point I think the films stop being worthy of inclusion. Might be eight one year, might be twenty-three another.

2013

  1. Blancanieves
  2. Much Ado About Nothing
  3. Gravity
  4. The World’s End
  5. Frances Ha
  6. Inside Llewyn Davis
  7. The Great Gatsby
  8. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
  9. Our Sunhi
  10. Side Effects
  11. Man of Steel

TOP FIVE YET TO SEE
Her
To the Wonder
Blue Jasmine
Before Midnight
Stories We Tell

2012

  1. The Master
  2. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
  3. Cloud Atlas
  4. Argo
  5. The Avengers
  6. Django Unchained
  7. Moonrise Kingdom
  8. Wrong
  9. The History of Future Folk
  10. Anna Karenina
  11. Haywire
  12. Cabin in the Woods
  13. Safety Not Guaranteed
  14. Looper
  15. Premium Rush
  16. Prometheus
  17. Les Miserables
  18. Frankenweenie
  19. In Another Country
  20. It’s a Disaster
  21. ParaNorman
  22. Wreck-It Ralph
  23. Seven Psychopaths

TOP FIVE YET TO SEE
Rust and Bone
Lincoln
The Grey
Life of Pi
Damsels in Distress

2011

  1. The Tree of Life
  2. We Need to Talk About Kevin
  3. Drive
  4. The Story of Film: An Odyssey
  5. The Innkeepers
  6. Attack the Block
  7. Hanna
  8. Melancholia
  9. The Artist
  10. Winnie the Pooh
  11. The Dynamiter
  12. Café de Flore
  13. The Raid
  14. Carnage
  15. The Adventures of Tintin
  16. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
  17. Kill List
  18. Jane Eyre
  19. This is Not a Film
  20. Extraterrestrial
  21. Rango
  22. Midnight in Paris
  23. The Descendants

TOP FIVE YET TO SEE
A Separation
The Skin I Live In
50/50
Martha Marcy May Marlene
Shame

2010

  1. The Social Network
  2. Certified Copy
  3. Blue Valentine
  4. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
  5. The New Year
  6. Attenberg
  7. Black Swan
  8. Inception
  9. Meek’s Cutoff
  10. The American
  11. True Grit
  12. Never Let Me Go
  13. Julia’s Eyes
  14. Shutter Island
  15. Hahaha
  16. The Illusionist
  17. Rubber
  18. Parade
  19. Toy Story 3

TOP FIVE YET TO SEE
127 Hours
Another Year
Incendies
Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives
Tabloid